Although trends constantly change, one thing for sure is that vintage clothing never goes out of style. Whether you’re dressing up for special occasions or just casual outings, vintage clothing will keep your style fresh all year round. They present a bold yet classy statement to every look.

Let’s take a look at some vintage clothing essentials you should have in your wardrobe.

Slim Fit Jeans

Semi-fitted jeans with a decorative belt at the natural waistline were the most popular back then, with light blue distressed versions being the most fashionable. Ripped or acid washed, any style of slim-fit jeans are easy to pair with any top. Relaxed, tapered or pin rolled jeans are iconic vintage styles which can be paired with a tucked in t-shirt and some white canvas shoes.


Chino trousers or shorts are another classic pair of bottoms to add to your wardrobe. Roll up the bottoms of a classic slim-fit chino trouser and pair with loafers or Doc Martens for a sophisticated look. For more casual outings, pair with canvas shoes. Colours such as beige, khaki, black or navy blue are the most versatile colours that can be paired with even the most colourful of tops.

Revere Collar Shirt

A versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn for a chic summer or winter look is the revere collar shirt. Bold vintage prints in faded colours were a massive thing in the 80’s which were styled perfectly with tailored chino’s or jeans for a bold statement. You can opt for plain coloured or striped revere collar shirts for a simple style. For added style, you can wear it open over a t-shirt.

Knitted Polo Shirt

Another versatile vintage wardrobe staple that has remained in fashion for many years is the polo shirt. The popularity of polo shirts began in the ’80s, with a focus on pastel colours. It’s retro glamour at its finest, with chinos and loafers. Whether its modest colours or patterns, they can be paired with high-waisted, tailored or pleated trousers for an 80’s aesthetic.

Leather  Jacket

Leather jackets were the statement piece of choice for all bad boys in the early 80’s. This staple item is a gives off a cool rock star look and is a stylish piece for every wardrobe. It’s perfect to layer over plain tees, slogan tees and even button down shirts. Pair with tapered jeans and high top sneakers or Doc Marten boots for the vintage vibe.

Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are the perfect essentials for every season. They make great accessories for the summer and give you extra warmth in the cooler months. The best thing about them is that you can wear as many layers as you want underneath and still look stylish. Pair with the same shade of jeans or black chino’s and layer over a white tee.

How ever you choose to piece your outfits together, think about the trend and culture you are trying to represent. The vintage clothing mentioned above are worth investing in as they have remained in fashion for a long time and will continue to for many years to come.

At Antiques of Kingston we have a selection of vintage clothing items to keep your style in check. Shop our collection online or visit us in store.